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Police present Million Makers cheque to Prince's Trust to help change young people's lives

Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police have presented a cheque for £7400 to The Prince's Trust, six months after a small team of volunteer officers and staff agreed to give their time to raise funds for the youth charity.

The volunteer officers and staff helped raise the money by entering the Million Makers Project as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of The Prince's Trust and were successful in receiving £1500 in seed funding after coming up with an original fundraising idea.

The cheque presented on 16 February 2017 by T/PS Darren Stacey to Nikul Patel, Corporate Partnerships Manager for the Princes Trust, represents the contribution not only of the volunteers but also of the schools, nurseries, play schemes, childminders, clubs, soft play groups and Beavers, Cubs and Scout groups who participated by encouraging young people to create a design on a canvas bag that represents what they would like to be when they are older.  Over 1000 bags were created.  The bags were then sold to parents, relatives and friends with all profits going to The Prince's Trust.

This was supported with further fundraising activities including community fun days, raffles and tuck shops available for on duty officers and staff.

The Princes Trust will use the funds raised for training and development programmes for young people.  The schemes help young people to discover and build on their talents, to help them get into work or education, to build their confidence or to launch their own business.

T/PS 2381 Darren Stacey  said "Over 1000 bags were created by young people around the region, all of whom we spoke to, giving presentations on both the Prince's Trust and crime prevention.

"This project has given my team and I the opportunity to develop new skills and make a real difference to young peoples lives in our area, not only through raising funds for The Prince's Trust, but also for young people to see a different side of the police and to be encouraged to think about their futures.

"We consider it to be a great achievement to talk directly to over a thousand young people and give them a better insight into both the work of the police and the Prince's Trust whilst also thinking about positive change in their own futures."

Chief Constable Anthony Bangham, who leads on the work with The Prince's Trust said "We are delighted to be able to support the Prince's Trust in this way.  I am also proud that our officers and staff chose to volunteer, giving up their own time to raise funds for this worthy cause.  We will continue to work with the Prince's Trust through inclusion schemes like the XL Scheme and further fund raising opportunities aimed at inspiring young people and ultimately reducing criminality and antisocial behaviour in the future."

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said "There are lots of really positive outcomes from this project. Not least the money raised for a really good cause, but also the connections and relationships that will have been reinforced between the police and young people. It's great to see the police play such a central part in our communities."

For more information about Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police's work with The Prince's Trust please contact T/PS Darren Stacey on West Mercia ext 5767 or visit:

Twitter: @MillionMakerWMP

For more information on The Prince's Trust please visit:

Twitter: @princestrust

Published 15/03/17